Our Team

Anthony Papas

Founder & Managing Director

With a background in senior sales and business management, I have been in the Australian business broking industry since 2006. In that time I have helped change the future of many businesses and the lives of many people.
I spent many years in retail and hospitality before founding ABBA Group, but now manage business transactions across all industry sectors.
Today, I am proud to be creating wealth for more clients with the inspiring ABBA Group team beside me.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Buyers Agent
Licensed Business Valuer
Diploma of Financial Planning
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Justice of the Peace NSW

Bruce Irvine

Executive Partner & Head of Business Sales Team (non-corporate)

I began my working life in accounting, qualifying as both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management accountant in South Africa in the 1990’s. I then spent some time working in an industrial finance bank before moving away from accounting into a marketing and business development role in a large stevedoring company. I immigrated to Australia in 2006 and acquired an Australian manufactured brand of vitamin supplements which I on sold several years later. I have worked as a business consultant and business broker since 2013.

Licensed Business Broker
Bachelor of Commerce
Advance Diploma in Accountancy

John Emmery

Head of Property Team

My background is in Senior Marketing and Sales on four continents with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, finally as Marketing Director in Germany.

Two decades of owning and managing seven retail businesses followed.

In the past three years, I have helped develop the Off-Market Division at the ABBA Group. Most of our focus has been in the Property space, handling existing and development projects in commercial and residential sectors.

Licensed Business Broker

Neville Cousins

Partner & Senior Advisor
Corporate Team

With an early career in advertising, sales and marketing, I have spent the past 40 years in strategic business ventures and advisory.
I was the founder and managing partner of an international US firm, founder and managing director of a joint venture with ACP Holdings – and advisor to several small investment start-ups.
I have also had extensive experience working with government and immigration agents.
Since joining ABBA Group, I have managed several multimillion dollar transactions including strategic property investments, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and diversified market opportunities.
ABBA Group has given me the opportunity to continue supporting my clients as they embark on life-changing transactions. Together with my colleagues, we are well placed to assist Investors with acquiring suitable Investments and determining how best to mange those investments going forward.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Buyers Agent

Antony Dutton

Business Advisor - Corporate Team

As a member of the ABBA Group team, my background provides me with real-life experience as a previous business owner to help business owners in various industries realise their dream in the sale of their business and assist buyers with acquiring suitable Investments.

I have more than 20 years’ experience in the application technology industry. A long the way I’ve founded technology ventures in Australia from start-up to sale, with a variety of past senior management roles including in London, UK; a Japanese global corporation in Australia; and for an ASX 200 listed company with board reporting responsibilities.  I’ve advised business owners along their journey to grow their business and helped distressed companies find a successful exit.  I’m also an active investor in private companies in Australia.
My goal is to help position the ABBA Group as a leading Mergers & Acquisitions firm and ensure that all our clients’ goals are achieved.

Licensed Business Broker
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts

Ingrid Postema

Business Advisor - Corporate Team

With 27 years’ experience in various roles from executive management, to NFP Board Director and independent consultant – I have experience across a wide range of organisation types and industries including new technologies, farming/aquaculture, health, biotech, high tech manufacturing and property.  During this time, I have been involved with business and property acquisitions, property development, due diligence, negotiating debt and equity funding, growth strategies and exit planning to maximize value.

I look forward to assisting investors and business owners with their investment and business strategies for growth or new horizons with Abba Group.

Licensed Business Broker
CPA B Comm

Liam Hennessy

Business Advisor

Having managed accounts both nationally and internationally in the textiles and fashion industry, I am well placed to help our clients pursue and expand their business interests across different markets.
I enjoy focussing on business development and working hard to build strong relationships with all my clients through the development of innovative ideas and excellent communication skills. I am committed to helping ABBA clients fulfil their business and financial objectives.

Licensed Business Broker

Taniya Krishna

Senior Advisor - Strategy and Business Development

For over 20 years, Taniya Krishna has served leading financial institutions in Africa, offering to connect the financial needs of clients both locally and internationally and working with some of the largest multinational corporations advising clients across a range of industries. Amongst her many business and banking studies, Taniya holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration qualification.

In addition to being the Director and CEO of TS Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Taniya brings a broad understanding of multiple disciplines and has been instrumental in financial development which had led to her being the recipient of various awards, the most recent being the “Barclays Women of the Year” award.

Travelling extensively throughout Africa and internationally, Taniya has developed access to a large portfolio of international clients with opportunities to create successful ventures. Taniya has built up a wealth of operational, strategic and financial experience and understands projects and its complexities and can often turn challenges to opportunities by leveraging off the diversity of her experience.

Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration

Eva Papas

Marketing Manager

With international marketing and communications experience at a global data and consultancy agency, I bring with me extensive knowledge of effective cross-cultural communication strategies.

Bachelor of Media and Communications
Diploma In Management

Eddie Spurr

Business Advisor

Following my initial accounting career with Ernst and Young Sydney, I have provided strategic, commercial and financial services to high profile corporations within the Pharmaceutical, ERP Software, Consumer Goods, Retail, Hospitality and Food Service industries.

Throughout my career spanning 27 years, I have particularly enjoyed collaborating with Operations, Business Development, Sales and Executive teams to secure new business opportunities and facilitate organic growth.

I have attained a deep appreciation of the hard work required by business owners, therefore it is my intention to represent their best interests and achieve great outcomes for them.

Working with ABBA group, I am very confident we will achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Real Estate Agent

Kamran Saeed

Real Estate Agent

I have been involved in the property industry for 4 years. As a sales agent I have gained a significant interest and experience in property. I’ve gained huge exposure to the residential development and the commercial investment market in Sydney’s evolving CBD, North West and South West.

I have managed to build a vast network of private clients, major residential developers and offshore international Asian investors

I look forward to helping you acquire a suitable Investment and at ABBA Group we will assist you at every step of the process.

Licensed Real Estate Agent
Also speaks Urdu and Punjabi

Tao Tong

Business Advisor

The start of my business advisor career goes back to the mid 90’s, when the concept of supply chain, was no more than a fleet of trucks horning on the winding country road of China. In 2003, I completed my Masters Degree in Economics and Business. The combination of business studies and practical experience had enabled the success of my consulting company, which focuses on localising foreign entites with supply chain management, marketing, public relations, and government relations.

Before joining ABBA group, I spent most of my past 6 years in retail and hospitality, wholesale and manufacturing, and commercial leasing in Australia. During this time I founded my own brand and management company specialising in food and beverage.

I look forward to assisting investors and business operators, in particular those with multicultural backgrounds.

Certificate of Registration - Business Agent

Jp Sinh

Business Advisor

Jp has over 12 years of first hand business industry experience. Having owned and operated multiple successful franchised businesses in NSW, ACT and NT, he is recognised as a leader in franchised business. Jp has held numerous positions over the years in finance, commercial lending industry, business chambers, entrepreneur programs and development initiatives. His passion for local business and sensitivity towards issues faced by small businesses and communities enables Jp to take a knowledgeable and genuine approach to any business.

Jp joined ABBA Group with a growing together attitude and dedication to help ABBA Group clients fulfil their business and financial objectives with long term relationships.

Diploma in Financial Services. (RG 146) International Institute of Technology
Licensed Real estate agent
Certification in Business Broking
Bachelor of Commerce, GUJ University India
Also speaks Urdu and Punjabi

Jun Chung

Business Advisor

As a member of the ABBA Group team as well as a current business owner and director in the hospitality industry, I understand and assist clients needs.

I have 20 years’ experience in the airline industry where I developed communication and client relationship skills, as well as the full knowledge in food and beverage industry. Within this time I have travelled to various countries and have seen and experienced different types of business markets around the world.

My goal with ABBA Group is to assist business owners and investors to achieve their goal by representing their best interests every step of the way.

Licensed Business Broker

Michael Vale

Business Advisor - Hospitality Consultant

I am a Sydney hospitality operator-consultant and project manager with over 38 years of ‘hands-on’ experience in the Sydney market, with three high profile overseas ventures.

In that time Michael has been responsible for the conceptual creation, construction and launch of over 39 high profile Sydney operations, from a 50-seat concept café up to a AU$5 Million Sydney CBD Pub development.

One of Michael’s operations was voted by Qantas insider magazine as one of the “Top Ten” rooftop bars in the world.

Michael’s greatest strengths are in the field of conceptual creation of high profile Sydney F&B operations, creating “ground breaking” new operations, sourcing 5-Star Sydney retail locations, and creating unique and iconic hospitality opportunities for my clients.

My goal is to help work with the ABBA Group to help F&B operators not just build a business but build a brand.

Business Broker

Kenneth Ju

Business Advisor

Before I joined ABBA Group, I had worked as a finance director in both Korea and Australia, in charge of a variety of venture investments and divestments, M&A deals and portfolio management for over 20 years in various firms, such as private equity funds, venture capital companies and an Australian space launch venture.

More recently, as a sea-change business, I ran my own business in the hospitality industry for the past 12 years. Additional to my expertise in managing large corporations, this hospitality experience equipped me with a wealth of knowledge and experience necessary for a successful operation of small to medium businesses.

Sometimes business transactions may involve a frustrating and complex process, where the capacity to identify and evaluate the potential opportunities and risks is crucial.

Having been in the professional management role, entrepreneur, business owner and a client myself, I could fully understand my clients’ needs and proactively seek out the best options that suit their interests with ABBA team.

Registered Business Agent
Bachelor of Business Administration, Seoul National University
Master of Property Development, UTS

Amy Li

Business Advisor

Amy is very proud of being an accomplished and highly motivated sales agent, because “it’s amazing when you realise you are capable of helping people change their life by providing a professional service for them”. Amy enjoys facing new challenges, meeting new people and building strong, long term client relationships. She is inspired by optimising her value to bring positive changes to all her clients.

Her broad range of experience working as a financial professional in real estate, manufacturing and financial industries within a number of countries and cultures has given her the ability to understand the needs of both the vendor & the buyer. The transactions she has successfully completed vary across different sectors including hospitality, beauty, training organisation, and blinds & curtains manufacturing retailer.

She has active connections with the Chinese community and also a network within China. If you speak Mandarin or are looking for Chinese buyers, Amy will help you to make as much as you should from the transaction of selling your business.

Calling Sydney business owners of RTO/CRICOS and Blinds/Curtains – Please contact Amy TODAY, she specialises in the transactions of training organisations and manufacturing!

Licensed Business Agent
Licensed Real estate agent
Languages: Mandarin and English

Tony Crowe

Business Advisor

I Started a Real Estate career in the early 1980’s selling residential Real Estate in and around Canberra for a few years then managed a small team of 8 agents selling Rural Real Estate with a 300 kilometre radius of Bungendore NSW and taking in the South Coast of NSW.

I relocated to Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast where began selling finance and specialising in Mezzanine Finance. I set, owned and run a successful Business Brokerage with a small team of agents concentrating solely on Business Sales. During my time on the Mid- North Coast we sold a wide cross section of businesses including Hotels, Motels, Caravan Parks, Management Rights, Child Care centres, turf farms, fish farms, Franchise and non-franchised Privately run businesses.

Licensed Business Agent
Licensed Real estate agent